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FLEXO Magazine : August 2013
OMET 50th Anniversary: Special “Mood for Innovation” In the average person’s lifespan, turning 50 is seen as a time to lament aging, slow down and stop exploring new things. For OMET, celebrating its 50th anniversary consist- ed of a reflective look at the company ’s innovative first half- century and, with its upcoming presentations at Labelexpo Europe 2013, a renewed pledge to advance its industry. On deck are the presentation of the XFlex X6 with offset groups with sleeves, the return of the XFlex X4 and news on the company ’s tailored offering to flexible packaging con- verters. OMET’s sales staff will welcome guests in Hall 6 H90. The X6, first released in 2007, is known for ease of use and bright results. The configuration presented at Labelex- po Europe 2013 will be a mix of flexo and offset technology. The newly born offset units are equipped with light sleeves to further increase the machine’s benefits in terms of rapid- ity of change, user-friendliness and ergonomics. The X6 with sleeve offset is typically dedicated to packaging printers who need to rely on offset to reach the maximum replicability of printed works. The mix of offset and flexo allows a company to take advantage of the best of both worlds. The X6 in the flexo and offset configuration is offered in widths up to 530-mm . or 21-in. The entry-level X4 is popular in areas of the world with booming economies and strong and stable demographic growth, like many Asia Pacific countries, where it has gained market share in more established areas like East- ern Europe and Russia. To respond better to and offer a valid alternative for packaging converters using sheet-fed or CI presses, OMET is also integrating Varyflex presses in larger widths of up to 850-mm ./33-in. Labelexpo Europe 2013 comes just a few months after OMET celebrated its 50th anniversary from May 10 to May 12 in Lecco, Italy. Customers from all over the world, national and international journalists, agents, suppliers, collaborators and local authorities joined in the event. Official presentation of the monograph of OMET “50 Years of Passion and Excellence took place at the Villa Cipressi in Varenna, Lecco, on the afternoon of Friday, May 10. Then, on Saturday, OMET welcomed customers from all five continents, journalists writing for both the printing and tissue industries, business partners who sponsored the event; and the sales force present in the foreign branches and agencies all over the world. Antonio Bartesaghi, managing director of OMET and Marco Calcag- ni, sales director, explored the path of 50 years of passion and challenges and laid the foundations of a bright future. They explained that the com- pany ’s mantra is “Pure in innovation, simple in sophistication.” Bartesaghi remarked, “This event is not only an occasion to celebrate OMET’s 50 years but its role in the market, its capacity to grow, go ahead of time and reach important goals. “ After a demonstration on the new XFlex X6, equipped with offset sleeve groups, the group moved to Lecco harbor to continue on the most relaxed part of the day: a boat trip from Lecco to Bellagio with a sightseeing tour of the village, and from Bellagio to Como. The day ended with a gala dinner at beautiful Villa Olmo in Como. A social event was scheduled for the next day including visits to Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo and a lunch in the town of Menaggio. Thanks to the enchanting atmosphere of the lake and the beautiful sun which begun to shine on Friday afternoon, the three-day event marked the strengthening of exist- ing collaboration, reinforced old friendships, excited and entertained. Antonio Bartesaghi, managing director, welcomes dignataries at OMET 50th Anniversary celebration. The event, included a press demo, above, as well as a cruise on Lake Como, bottom left. www.flexography.org AugusT 2013 FLEXO 79